Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Hi, I'm Thomas.
Because just about everyone on this list but not on the Pacific Coast has probably gone to bed (I don't know of anyone from Alaska or Hawaii on it), I have decided to start the Tuesday thread. It's 9:44 p.m. here in Sacramento, California, 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, but it's already 4:44 a.m. in London--Rexroth will be getting up soon. If it's late at night here on the Left Coast, and I still want to post about something I'm avoiding, nobody will read it unless I start the next day's thread. If pro or anyone else says it's a bad idea, I won't do it again, but I thought I'd try it.
The thing I'm avoiding doing, procrastinating on, doing other things instead of, is the bills. And that's why I want feedback. It's bad this time.
Some of you may remember that last week some of my "to do" items were to balance the checkbook and pay the bills. I still haven't balanced the checkbook, and unless I know how much money we have, it's no use paying bills. So I have to do both of them.
And I don't want to.
I don't want to find out we don't have enough and that I have to juggle. I don't want to then do that juggling. My wife gets paid this Friday, and so do I, so it shouldn't be too bad. But I still don't want to do ANY juggling.
And I hate the actual tasks. It takes time, and it's boring. I don't want to do it.
Finally, if I were to do what people in DA call "the envelope system," it wouldn't be so odious. I'd know how much money we have, because we wouldn't have much. The envelope system relies on using only cash after paying your bills, and on putting amounts of cash into a variety of envelopes, each labeled for something (groceries, gas, etc.). You don't use a debit card, so there's no pile of receipts to sort through. And you bump up aainst your limits. When the money runs out, that's it--too bad.
But even though I know about it, I don't do it. I'm not sure why. Is it that my wife and I might get into a fight about it? Or is it that I don't want that limit on myself--and limits on her are secondary?
I don't know--they're issues best left for a DA meeting, or sponsor, or list. But I procrastinate on the cash (or envelope) system, too, thus setting up a huge hassle whenever we get paid.
I really hope that when I log off here, that I go to our bank's website and find out how much money we have.
Thanks for listening.